Loyalty Scott, 6, was killed by a pair of mastiff-type dogs in northeast Portland.
UPDATE 12/08/23: The 6-year old child killed by two mastiff-mixes on December 5 has been identified as Loyalty Charles Scott. The boy was in the first grade. Officials say that Scott was often taken to family friend's home on 112th Avenue on his way to school. But on that morning, when the woman entered her garage to tend to the dogs, Scott opened the door behind her and the dogs attacked him. The woman – whose identity has not been released - tried to stop the attack, but it was too late.
Scott's family started a GoFundMe and described their lives as being "turned upside down" since his death. "On December 5th we received a phone call that is going to forever change my family. We were told that Mookie (loyalty) was attacked by a dog. When we showed up to the scene, we were told that he did not make it. My wife, my brother and I had to tell my mother that her baby didn’t make it. Our family is completely turned upside down and trying to figure out how to keep going."
Someone from the boy's school has commented as well. Miss Marissa, who donated to the fund, states: "Loyalty was and will always be the funniest, sweetest, most special and charismatic boy. I am so sorry for your heartbreak, grandma, sisters, auntie, and everyone who loved and continues to love him. Big love from school, Miss Marissa." It's unclear why the boy's school has not issued a statement to the media yet. Usually this is done right away after a fatal dog mauling involving a child student.
12/05/23: Child Killed by Dogs
Portland, OR - A 6-year old boy is dead and a woman injured after being attacked by a pair of dogs. Firefighters were dispatched to a home in the 1800 block of Northeast 112th Avenue in the Parkrose Heights neighborhood just after 7:30 am Tuesday for a report of an animal attack. Audio dispatch log files from Portland Area Fire and Rescue on Broadcastify.com indicate the use of a firearm at the scene prior to the arrival of first responders. A police press conference is expected later today.
Portland Police Bureau
On December 5, 2023, at 7:38 a.m., officers were dispatched to reports of a dog attack at a home in the 1800 block of Northeast 112th Avenue in the Parkrose Heights Neighborhood. Officers determined that a pair of dogs mauled a six-year-old boy and an adult female who tried to stop the attack. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Upon further investigation, officers determined the woman injured is the owner of the dogs and the little boy killed is her friend’s grandson. The dogs, believed to be Great Dane-Mastiff mixes, are in the custody of Multnomah County Animal Services.
PPB’s Child Abuse Team and Homicide Unit are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Det. Jennifer Musser.
Police learned the boy's grandmother dropped him off with her friend who takes him to school. The friend, who owns the dogs, went into the garage where the dogs were when the boy opened the door to the garage and one of the dogs attacked him. The second dog then joined in. Both dogs were described as large and heavy great dane-mastiff mixes. Public Information Officer Mike Benner said the owner tried to save the boy, "at some point even grabbing a gun," but it never got that far.
The Oregonian reports the garage, where the two large dogs are kept, is attached to the home. According to the woman, "the boy knew not to approach the dogs." The woman had gone into the garage to tend to the dogs while the boy was inside her house. The 6-year old boy opened the garage door to follow her and one of the dogs attacked him. The woman grabbed a gun, but did not shoot, Benner said. Her hands were injured while intervening. She was transported to a local hospital.
No information was provided about the boy's mother or father or why his grandmother dropped the boy off at this dog owner's home, who's apparently the boy's caretaker, to take him to school each morning. The Portland Police Bureau Child Abuse Team is leading the investigation, with assistance from the Homicide Division, Benner said. It's too soon to say if the dogs' owner will face criminal charges. Multnomah County Animal Services responded to the scene to take custody of the dogs.
Homeowner & K9 Trainer
A woman who lives at the home where the attack occurred calls herself the "owner and operator of K9 Protection" on her Facebook page. Her cover photo shows her pointing a gun at your face while wearing a bikini top. There is no "K9 Protection" business listed on the Oregon Secretary of State's website. One dog on her Facebook page appears to be a cane corso depicted outside the home in February 2023. It's unclear who came up with the "great dane-mastiff mix" breed designation.
The other dog, whose photo was posted in January 2019, has an appearance even more like a cane corso. Property records indicate she has had ownership in the home since June 2021. If one searches for the term "dog" on her profile, a number of posts in the search results criticize police officers for shooting vicious dogs. She nearly had to shoot her own two vicious dogs while they attacked and killed a boy on December 5, 2023. How does she feel about those anti-cop shooting posts now?
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Law enforcement departments across the United States should release consistent "baseline" information to the media and the public after each fatal dog mauling, including these items.